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Clothes For Pets: Which Materials Are Safe For Dogs?

October 13, 2022

Previously, we discussed whether it’s safe for Fido to wear dog shirts. After all, it has become an unending debate, with some fur parents saying it’s excessive while others think it’s okay. 

Ultimately, after weighing the pros and cons, we found that it’s okay to let dogs wear clothes provided they’re made from ingredients that won’t cause concerns like overheating, unnecessary stress, and allergies. 

If you’re thinking of getting (or making) clothes for your dog, here are some of the best materials you should look for and a few points to consider. 

What should clothes for pets be made of?

1) Cotton

Cotton is one of the most common materials used to make fabric for dog clothes and blankets. It has become very popular because it’s breathable, soft, and durable. It’s also lightweight, making it a good fabric for summer dog clothes. 

Although cotton fabrics stain more easily with urine, vomit, or feces, they’re very easy to clean. The key is to pre-treat the stains before washing them as usual. 

The downside of cotton is that it absorbs a lot of moisture and dries slowly. So if you’re out and about with your dog during the colder months, best to steer away from dog clothes made from cotton. 

Not all cotton fabrics are also suitable for shedding dogs. Instead, opt for closely woven ones to prevent hair from getting trapped between the material’s fibers. 

2) Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic fiber often used in plush dog clothes, blankets, and toys. 

Like cotton, it’s also soft, but unlike cotton, it’s warm and insulating. Most fur parents do not choose polyester as it’s not environmentally friendly and can be moderately expensive. 

It’s also not as durable for outerwear as cotton. However, plush dog clothes come in many colors and designs, so there are plenty to choose from. 

3) Denim

You’ll often find denim in dog clothes made for the cold. It’s a popular choice for fabric because it’s more durable than cotton. It also resists shrinking, so you don’t need to wash it by hand. 

It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for clothing for dogs during the colder months. Just note that denim is not water resistant, and like cotton, it takes a while to dry. 

4) Tweed

If you’re looking for something stronger than denim, go for dog clothes made from tweed. 

It’s breathable, dirt resistant, and provides good insulation. Dog jackets and coats are often made from tweed. 

This fabric doesn’t need washing often, so you can reuse it and only wash it when extremely dirty. 

Consider these when choosing clothes for pets

1) Pay attention to the fit

Checking the materials of your dog’s clothes is only one of the few things you need to consider before buying shirts, jackets, and bandanas. 

Taking your pet’s measurements and finding dog clothes that fit is also important. Your dog needs to be able to move while wearing the clothes you got them.

2) Choose comfort over style and design

Some dog clothes are just too cute to resist. However, your dog’s comfort should be your priority. 

There are also dogs who like wearing clothes and some who don’t. For example, there are dogs who like sweaters, while some prefer shirts or simple accessories like bandanas. 

Consider your dog’s preference before making a purchase. 

3) Don’t forget about your dog’s safety

If your dog loves to chew on things, opt for dog clothes that do not have studs or buttons. Fido can easily remove these embellishments and become a choking hazard. 

Zippers aren’t safe either, as they may entangle your dog’s fur. Instead, opt for velcro—it’s easier to fasten and remove and minimizes potential injuries.

Safe clothes and accessories for pets

If you’re looking for cute and safe clothes and accessories for your fur baby, here are a few you should check out: 

These cute and soft cotton dog bandanas

Dogs with little-to-none or light-colored hair could use an extra layer of cloth to shield them from the sun’s heat. Bandanas are the way to go because they highlight your dog’s unique personality and help add an extra layer of protection against the hot or cold weather.

The great thing about dog bandanas? You can also sew your own! All you need is some ribbons, high-quality fabrics, thread, needles, pins, and scissors. You can make a personalized dog bandana or two in no time!

These stylish and funny custom dog shirts

How about an “America is Great” custom dog shirt to show off your and your dog’s patriotism? 

This dog shirt is made from cotton and can be closed with velcro. It’s safe, lightweight, and easy to clean.

Custom shirts are also ideal because you can choose a design that truly matches your and your dog’s personalities. Fido can wear it on any occasion, whether you’re inside the house or out at a dog park.

At the end of the day

You want nothing but the best for your pet. It’s hard to admit, but it can be really easy to get swayed to buy the cutest outfits without paying attention to the materials, fit, and safety. However, taking these factors for granted when you purchase dog clothes can harm your pet in the long run. 

Instead, invest in dog clothes made from dog-friendly fabrics that fit your dog’s needs. BarkYours has a wide selection of clothes and accessories handmade with love and utmost consideration for your dog’s needs. Check them out here.